The thought of your approaching 40th birthday party should not put you in a melancholic mood. It may be a step away from youth but it’s a step closer to freedom and peace of mind.
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“The weird thing is, you get more comfortable in yourself, even as time is giving you less reason for it. When you’re young and beautiful, you’re paranoid and miserable. I think one of the great advantages of getting older is that you let go of certain things.”
That’s Helen Miren right there for you. That came out of her mouth at an age beyond 40. Youth is in your side, looks-wise, but one’s sense of self tends to be fragile too. As you get older, you go through more experiences in life and you start to be more selective of people and things that matter to you the most. These experiences help you get to know yourself better, including which things make you happy and which you would rather not allow in your life.
Having said that, your 40th birthday is nothing to be worried about. In fact, it’s the opposite! Celebrate how far you’ve come in life. Celebrate your triumphs. Celebrate failures too and pat yourself on the back for having gone through them.
Show the world you’re welcoming 40 with open arms with the following suggestions:
Canada’s Prime Minister 40 years ago was Pierre Trudeau, the father of its current Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau. The first Star Wars also premiered in 1977 – now there are 7, and another one I the making.
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This adorable (and informative) find from Etsy is the best reminder of how far the world has come in your 40 years of existence. It may elicit different reactions from your guests, especially from your age group, but one thing’s for sure – you’ll have an eye-catching conversation starter if you put this up in your party.
It’s available as a digital download, in 3 different sizes. Print it at home or from your resident copy shop.
Dress up in your favorite childhood/teenage icons. If you’re born this year, your options range from mid-80s to late-90s music/movie icons. It can be a full-blown costume party or just have the guests wear one piece or two that reminds them of their icon.
Pulp Fiction came out in 1994 and changed the movie landscape with its glamorized violence and sharp dialogue. Quentin also made sure the stars were pieces of art themselves too.
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Clueless is one of the most popular teen films of all time but this is truly close to the hearts of the teens of 1995, the year the film was released. If you’re turning 40 this year, this must be within your radar.
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Or, don’t wear a costume at all! Just invite your guests over and blast some music that brings you back to your best days.
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The 40s suffer from a bad rap, thanks to that dreaded mid-life crisis. But by embracing the challenges that come with it, you’ll be surprised by how much you’ll enjoy the perks of entering your 40s. Physical youthfulness may be waning but your wisdom will be unmatched. Celebrate all that you’ve gone through and be grateful for it. The happiness and contentment will keep your heart young.
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Flash that big 4-0 with this 16-inch silver balloons for an added sparkle in your 40th birthday party.
No matter what age you are, find reasons to celebrate each turning of a page. Each year brings with it wonderful rewards and surprises, many of which you will truly appreciate only when you’ve seen a lot in life and as you’re entering 40. Make the 40th birthday memorable.